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Aquinas and the Metaphysics of Creation

Gaven Kerr

Abstract

This work explores St Thomas Aquinas’s metaphysics of creation. In doing so, it explores the thinking on creation of Aquinas’s predecessors, the nature of God as creator, the meaning of creation, how to conceive of the causality of creation, and the object, history, and purpose of creation. What emerges as a key unifying theme in Aquinas’s thinking in this regard is the complete and utter dependence of all things on God as the unique source of existence. This notion serves not only to advance Aquinas’s position beyond those of his predecessors but also to illuminate his treatments of creation ... More

Keywords: creation, God, metaphysics, causality, St Thomas Aquinas, philosophical theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190941307
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190941307.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gaven Kerr, author
Lecturer, Mary Immaculate College